The Effulgence Within

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Tyger burning bright

William Blake’s The Tyger (published 1794, extra link for details) is a powerful and formidable poem. Judging by its surface meaning, the poem contemplates the fact that besides peacefulness and gentleness in man, like that voiced in his The Lamb, the world includes also fierce strength, terrifying... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Fun-Ride through Vocabulary

The last few days we were busy with a biannually held staff Meet at the university immediately after a semester is over. It's great fun and relief from toil with cultural programmes, learning opportunities in creative writing, artistic poetry recitation, diction, the throw of voice, musical nights,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Legion of Religionists (an old poem of mine)

There was once a playful fly who With an intent for amusement Bit rather tight on the shiny Inviting pate of a cocky bald gent from Kent Screaming, Oh you b****** The dude landed on his head a crashing slap Dodging, mocked the fly Serves you right, and with glee I clap At your foolery questing for... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ace Scoundrels Eventually Turn Saintly

This post is inspired by GoldenMean's query as to the possibility of evildoers' draining energy from evilly-inclined dark forces of departed souls, those that float about in space and who have not yet been able to transmigrate into another body for want of a suitable womb, but draw satiation from... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fundamental Connectedness of Sickness and Creativity

Thomas Mann, a German short story writer-novelist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. When his diaries were unsealed in 1975, they told of his struggles with his sexuality and which found reflection in his many works. His Death in Venice (1912) is a short novel wherein perverted love,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Liveliness of a Silent World

( Today, I share a poem analysis of the Chilean Nobel Prize laureate in Literature 1971, Pablo Neruda, I read the other day; it moved me ). In this short poem I like For You To Be Stil l, Pablo Neruda addresses his beloved who is now gone very far, not physically near, yet very dear and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Reach of the Music Tranquil

"The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Poetry: The Image of Man and Nature

Wordsworth wrote the famous “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads in which he developed his view of the nature of poetic process, the origin and purpose of poetry, and the language most suitable for it. "Poetry", says Wordsworth is "an acknowledgement of the beauty of the universe" - a powerful media of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Must we not find our Holy Grail?

“ What the Thunder Said ”, which is the fifth and final part of The Waste Land was written when Eliot was in trance while convalescing in Lausanne, and is the most difficult section of the poem to analyze. It begins with a description of the death of Jesus. After the death of the god, with the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand"

What is meant by 'repent', and why the Christian Faith believes it'll reach one to the doors of heaven? Here is what I could interpret. ( Excuse me for sounding somewhat preachy )... The Greek word for repent is 'metanoeia' - beyond the reach of the ordinary senses, or, that which cannot be known... Sign in to see full entry.

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